I apologize for the confusion and exclusion on that. The cross strike is a down 45 degree or shallower strike; starting from a higher guard position coming down to the opponent’s neck, temple, or shoulder. It continues all the way to the staff finishing past your left hip (assuming you started on a high right side guard. This is properly defended with a “corner block.”
The new version of Ultimate Bo debuting later this year will have a much expanded sparring and kumite section, to better approach, train, explain, and understand the concept of staff on staff combat; or even staff on similar weaponry situations. Our purpose in Ultimate Bo sparring is less on realistic weapons defense (as it is the 21st century), and more on fluidity based training, such as that found in kendo practice.
This reply was modified 8 years, 7 months ago by GMAU.